Day 5 was one of my favorite days on the trip because we ended up doing a lot of stuff. Sure, it meant my feet were throbbing in pain by the end of the day but it was worth it. We ended up visiting Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Temple Church, and back to Covent Garden again.
The first thing we did was go to Tower of London. Believe it or not, I’ve never been there before and this was my third London trip. I saw the Tower Bridge from afar but never went there before. It ended up being my favorite thing on the trip besides seeing the Levellers. I love historic things and Tower of London certainly has a lot of history. It also helps having a tour guide that knows a lot and is amusing. The Yeoman Warder we had was the best! He kept teasing that he was going to quiz us at the end if people didn’t pay attention. He gave great info about all the different towers and the people that were held there like Henry VIII’s queens, Guy Fawkes, William Wallace and others.
After the tour portion, Kristen and I wandered around by ourselves and saw most of the Tower of London. Definitely a must-see if you’re traveling to London for the first time…or third time in my case.
After the Tower of London, we made our way to Bea’s of Bloomsbury near St Paul’s. We loved it there the first time and found out they had another location. We didn’t have a reservation but only waited 15 minutes during a busy lunch rush-hour. This time, I got some more green tea and a Peanut Butter and Jelly tart type of thing. It was great! They said Americans love that one; I told them if its got peanut butter in it then that makes sense. We didn’t go inside St Paul’s because I didn’t think the 16 pound admission was justified so we just peaked in and left. We decided to take a bunch of silly jumping photos in front of it though. I’m sure we wouldn’t have been allowed in if we tried haha.
We made our way over the Millennium Bridge and headed to the Taint, err, I mean Tate Modern. The first 2 floors were good since they actually had art. The higher floors has the type of art where people will say “hell, I can do that!!” I’m not a fan of most modern art because I just think artists are getting lazy. But what’s even more irritating is people putting this shit in museums and people admiring it. I saw a fucking black canvas. NOTHING ELSE WAS ON IT! I’ve always joked saying I was going to make a black canvas painting and call it “View from a Dead Person” and hang it up in a museum. But that was a joke, and then I see this thing that people think is art. I just don’t get it. Moving on….
After Tate Modern, we walked to Temple where the Temple Church was. It’s always a pain in the ass finding this church but I eventually found it…and just like last time, it was closed. It has such weird hours that I haven’t been able to go inside yet. Oh well I guess. After that, we just did some more walking and shopping around Covent Garden and Soho.
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